I think Pauline's on the money - be prepared to be flexible about your expectations! I tried my hardest not to have to be induced when I had my baby 11 weeks ago. I'd gone a week overdue and was doing everything possible to bring on labour - sex, hot curries, acupuncture, everything! My waters broke during the night but no contractions to go with it. I rang the hospital thinking they'd tell me to go in when the contractions start but they told me to go in straight away. Because I had tested positive for GBS and my waters had broken but labour hadn't started, they had to induce me because of the risk of infection being passed through to bubs.
It was really very quick, my waters broke at 1am, the drip started at about 6 or 7am, the contractions became painful by about 9am and baby was born at 1.37pm. But it was intense. My birth plan involved minimal pain relief, freedom to move around and minimal intervention. That all went out the window!!! The hardest part was being tethered to the bed because of the drip and the monitors around the belly. When the pain set in I just wanted to move around and get comfy, but I couldn't. I asked for the epidural but it only blocked one side. When I had a VE to see how things were going the doc was very surprised to see that i was fully dilated and ready to go. So I had another spinal block to cover the rest of the pain and started pushing. But there were problems with the babys heartbeat monitor (by this stage there was one on her head as the external one wasn't working either) so they used the forceps to get her out. Then stitches, stitches, stitches.
In short, just be flexible and be realistic about pain relief. The epidural really was fantastic. And hopefully you'll have a nice speedy labour and finally meet your baby!! Good luck!!
Gorgeous Audrey b.March 2006